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but she hasn't lost her artistic dreams. i've got good eyesight and i've got capable hands, so i would like to find some kind of job using my hands. i want to be an illustrator or something like that. she was my daughter but for 30 years we'd never really been that close. i've been given the chance to raise my daughter again, we can actually start again, i feel that. i've started to notice what love really means.
this is the year they were going to fix the filibuster but it didn't happen. ininstead of getting rid of the filibuster, instead of making senators actually come to the floor and filibuster harry reid and mitch mcconnell agreed to a minor tinkering of the filibuster that, in effect makes no changes at all. i mean, look the senate is broken. why did harry reid and mitch mcconnell chicken out? doesn't make any sense. we will talk about that and a whole lot more on today's "full-court press," but first, we take time out to get the latest. today's current news update. and look at this. we stole her from stephanie miller, the one, the only the talented jacki checkschneckner. >> good morning, everybody. vice president biden is traveling to richmond virginia today along with homeland security secretary janet
napitano to hold al roundtable conversation about the administration's plans to curb gun violence. bobby stein and experts who have been working gun safety issues since village tech in april, 2007 will be in attend as at virginia commonwealth university. it comes on the heels of biden's gom talk yesterday pushing for assault weapons in the wake of a natural disaster and possible ensuing chaos. he minced no words, his assertion that a shotgun would be easier to handle and when asked about the effectiveness of limiting high-capacity mag stages, biden pointed out that the gunmen in tucson and aurora had to change magazines because they had to reload. republicans will decided to
whether or not to give r andncrance pre- prebus. last night, louisiana governor bobby jendell said the party needs to change everybody but values. we are back with more bill press after the break. >> current's award winning original series is back with an all-new episode straight from the headlines. in the minefield of the nation's gun control debate, this could be the most polarizing issue. >> anybody could claim "stand your ground" and they can get away with murder. >> only on current tv.
♪ alleluia ♪bill our favorite day, friday, friday, friday. ♪ alleluia bill good way to end the week and bounces into the weekend and a lot to talk about before we get there. great to see you today happy friday. i know we can't complain. it's not as cold here there was one place in minnesota was 47 degrees below zero. we are about 25 here in washington, d.c., we can't complain, but at the same time, we can complain. i want to start a new political party. who was the guy who had the rent is too damn high. >> jimmy williams. >> the rent is too damn high. bill the weather is too damn cold. >> go to florida.
>> asheville. i love asheville but it snows. >> maybe cuba. >> i like when it sort of is around the 30 degrees. when you get down to close to single-digit weather, then i get annoyed. >> that's when i get pissed. >> i love it. think about it. think about how cold it is. think about how you really got to bundle up. think about how they had the super bowl in new orleans because they wanted to be sure that everybody was loose and limber and not suffering from a cold. and think about where the super bowl is going to be next year. michael bloomberg, mayor announced it yesterday. >> february 2nd, 2014, mark it down. super bowl 48 at met life stadium and in the week before, hundreds of thousands of fans
from across the country and around the globe will converge on new york city. >> the stadium is in new jersey but they will be in new york city. they will. there are not hotels in northern new jersey. so they will bugs them over. >> an interesting pick. >> it is but it could be icy cold. >> there is a reason. bill seriously. do you think that could impact the game? >> absolutely. >> but it's football. >> yeah. i get it. it is football, but there is a reason -- i think they have held it in norse and miami because you go and get decent weather. detroit, indianapolis. they don't like it to be a mess bill what happens to the big apple? >> as everyone knows, new york % is the big apple and 12 months
from now, it will be the big pigskin as well. bill i think he is trying a little too hard. a little too hard. yeah. >> not for everybody. bill bill that's right. he has banned the sale of sixteen-ounce drinks in new york. what is he going to ban for the super bowl? >> he will ban something. >> you watch. he will ban hot dogs or something like that. they are unhealthy. they are hi in sodium. nanny bloomberg. we have lots to talk about today and lots of help to do it. congresswoman tammy duckworth, a new member of congress of course, from illinois we are excited to have her on the program. she has been here before but not as member of congress. carl fritsche will be here as a
head friend of bill, about what we might expect on a big issue: global warming, but first. >> this is the full court press. >> well this friday, other headlines making news, now that the inauguration is over mitt romney is coming to washington. national journal reporting the failed presidential candidate and his wife will be here in the city today to be honored at the marriott hotel as he just rejoined that board of directors. no word on exactly what the bill marriott, jr., is honoring him for but marriott was a big campaign fundraiser. bill >> this se >> derek jeter may be the latest celebrity to addvocate tore climate change in switzerland and said that
hurricane sandy turned his attention to global warming. he wanted to find out more about it. he said, it's clear, something is causing more and more natural disasters and something has to be done about it. he recognize not everyone wants to hear political views from celebrities, saying, quote, i know my place. >> i think something is wrong with recognizing global warming. >> i don't know what's political about it. in sports, big money for coach of louisiana state's college fuel term. the university has reviewed less miles' contract for $4.3 million a year for seven years. he is just one of five college football coaches earning more than $4 million a year. he has a pretty solid record. 85 wins, 21 losses over eight seasons working at lsu. >> it's pretty clear. it's been that way for a long time. if you really want to make money in academia you don't become like a philosophy teacher, you
know, or an english teacher. right? >> i love these schools are paying that much money for their coaches. >> ridiculous. >> they work on, you know a decent healthcare system for the residents of their southern states or anything like that. >> all about tall. not only in the south. yes, big sgoiment today. how long have we been talking aboutdisappointment today. how long have we been talking about the importance of the filibuster. the senate is broken. they can't get any damn thing done because the republicans have taken what used to be a rare occasion, a rare practice when somebody felt so strongly about some big bill that they would actually say, no, i single-handedly am going to stop this clock. i am going to stop the processes from working. i am going to stand up and i am going to talk until i am blue in the face or have to pee,
whichever comes first, to try to block this from coming to a vote. it's rare and the point is, you actually had to do it. if you threatened you were going to filibuster you had to show your stuff. i mean the record is held by strom thurman whom hated the civil rights bill so much, mr. dixiecrt that he stood tup on the floor of the senate for 24 hours and 18 minutes before he had to pee and filibuster ended and they voted. but that was the filibuster. now, it's come into something that happens all the time, that is routine that one senate can do to block a measure from coming up a vote. first, they have a vote of whether or not they are going to proceed to a vote. you can filibuster that. you can filibuster the main event, and you don't have to do a filibuster.
all you have to say is: i am filibustering this and sit in your office and watch t.v. and nothing happens. it is outrageous. it is undemocratic. it's the tierney of the minority. we talked about this for so long with senators who were determined that not just this term, but last term term before, but this term for sure with democrats having 55 votes, there is no reason why they couldn't fix it. and if i canning it meant either getting rid of the filibuster or making people actually filibuster or roll in cots so the other senators would just take a nap while somebody was up there giving this long-winded speech or fixing it might mean reducing it from having to have 60 votes down to maybe 55.
there are a lot of ways of fixing it. there was a lot of support. senator geoff merkley with senator tom eudall, with the new senator tammy baldwin, tom harkin from iowa who has been there a long time. what did harry reid do? harry reid got together with mitch mcconnell and they announced their big agreement yesterday. and what does it do? nothing. absolutely nothing. under this agreement -- by the way, harry reid said there are enough democratic votes to do this on their own. they got 55 votes in the democratic caucus. right in the all they need is 51 to change the rules at the beginning of a term. 51. they could have done it by themselves. harry reid said we are not going to do anything that we'll have
to -- would be just democrats. we are going to have a bi-partisan agreement. some what they came up with, to tell the truth i don't really understand what change it makes at all. you can still block procedurally votes. you can still block a vote on the floor under their agreement. you still do not have to actually filibuster. you can still fake it the way they do. as i understand it, all the agreement said if harry reid and mitch mcconnell agree that something is non-controversial, then they will push it through to a vote. >> no big deal then. i am sure they can agree on what's controversial and what's not controversial. >> let me ask you this: what, in the last four years have they ever greed was non-controversial? they have filibustered everything, every single bill every single nomination.
so i don't think they are going to be able to agree on something that is actually non-controversial. the other thing, as i understand it, according to the amendment, from what i have read, if it's a non-big-deal bill, each can offer two amendments to the bill, even if they are totally unrelated, then republicans will agree that they won't filibuster. in other words, i think harry reid caved in copped out, sold out to the republicans on this. this was the time to do it, and nothing, nothing, nothing, is going to happen. it's just -- it's a huge disappointment. it's a wasted opportunity, and it's one more time when democrats just don't show any freakin' backbone. good for bernie sanders, bernie sanders voted against this deal yesterday because he said it was a joke. i am not sure who else voted against it. we will check that during the break. here it is. we thought we were going to fix
the filibuster. you know what? tom harkin said this. tom harkin said if we don't fix the filibuster president might as well take a vacation for the next four years because he is not the going to be able to get anything done. i have to tell you i am so disappointed in this and leader harry reid if if democrats don't get anything done on immigration reform can't get judges passed through the senate, can't get anything done on gun control because of filibuster, filibuster filibuster, it's their own damn fault for not changing it when they had the opportunity they had the moment they had the votes. filibuster reform. we were ready for it. it ain't going to happen. 866-55-press. 866-557-7377. alt are democrats such wimps?
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reid was. what's power all about if you are afraid to use it. so 55 votes. it would have only taken 51 votes, which you could have easily gotten out of the democrats for a good strong measure, as tom daschle told us on our showed yesterday, former senate majority leader democrat, to at least make people come down and filibuster but if you do it with democratic votes, it's called the nuclear action. no. it's not. if you have 100 votes, you need 51 people. not a nuclear outption. >> harry reid made a deal with the g.o.p. devil.
harry reid gums the works for passage. is he a democrat or is this all about the money? cyber society says preach brother bill. and karen says harry reid can go filibuster himself. @bpshow. >> echoes of dick cheney. pawtucket pawtucket, rhode island. >> how are you guys? i have heard for the last two years from harry reid, at least two years is how he's going to change the filibuster now all sides of, he gets in bed with mcconnell again. if we happen to hold the senate in 2014, i think we need somebody that stands for the people and put in bernie sanders as majority leader, somebody that will fight for people.
>> bill: i have to tell you i would love to see bernie sanders as majority leader. unfortunately, there is nobody better on the issues. and, of course i would say that with some bias because remember i was his intern. >> peter: that's right. >> bill: unfortunately, he is a socialist and independent, not a democrat. so the democrats would not elect him. but we need -- but there are democrats who will stand up. dick durbin wouldn't have gone along with this, i am sure. this is a time not just for the democratic party. this is a time for the good of the nation even -- i have to say this. even if democrats were in the minority they should not be able to to obstruct everything the way republicans have done. by the way, another big mistake they made was back in 1975 or so that before that, you used to need two-thirds of the senate
and they reduced it t lamont calling from maryville indiana. caller: like the caller said before me, okay, well back in the day, two years ago, that's all harry reid talked about. after obama won, that's all he talked about. when you look at it now, what is actually changed? i think it's the gun debate and it's going to get primaried or whatever by the nra. it has to be something because that should have passed. >> bill: i guess your cell phone cut out. i'm sorry. no. you made a good point. no. i don't understand why the change either why given -- there were enough democratic votes. i said that of before. why, given this opportunity, and particularly given the fact everybody in this country knows that the congress is broken.
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did it. ain't going to happen. harry reef caved in, made a deal with mitch mcconnell which basically leaves things just exactly the way they are and gives republicans a green light to continue to block everything that president obama wants to get done in the senate. president obama on monday with a great inaugural address laying out his agenda. harry reid saying basically we are going to allow republicans to make it impossible to pass your agenda a. why? why? why why? back to our conversation in just a second, but i am excited, you know, i've told you that i have spent a lot of time on the site ancestry.com trying to track down my family roots. i haven't stopped. i have them all the way from delaware city to latvia. now, i am trying to find out which ones made the first move
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so broken today, in 52 years between 1919 and 1970, the filibuster was used 56 times. so basically, once a year. >> that's what it was before they lowered it down to 60. last year from the numbers that i have seen republicans used the filibuster 139 times in one year. >> that's why they can't get anything done. >> crazy >> bill: it is. >> peter: people care about this online on twitter at @bphow.com @bphow.com. mattie says i have lost all respect for harry reid. it's time for a change. barbara says now that harry reid has agreed to this weak filibuster reform, he owns the future disfunction of the senate. mcconnell is over the hook.
ensi gn paul says i never thought when john boehner told harry reid to go f himself that he actually would. he tweeted that to us at bt show show. between us your comments there. >> this is the difference betweencrats and republicans. okay? when republicans have power, to their credit, they ram through their agenda. look at george bush. won the presidency, rammed through those bush tax cuts in march of his first year in. democrats get power, and they are free to use it. this time, we democrats won the white house. we picked up what? three seats or whatever it was in the senate, held on to the senate and picked up, up to 55 votes in the senate and picked up -- didn't win the house but won eight new seats in the house of representatives. so democrats have the power today. this was the best moment, the best opportunity we will ever have to do something important for this nation in order to get
things done no matter which party is in charge and go aheadet rid of the filibuster or at least fix it so that it can't -- it's not subject to such abuse and refuse to do it. just walked away from that opportunity. harry reid did. diane, up in buffalo new york hey, diane, good morning. >> hey, bill. how are you? >> bill: i am good. just a little -- caller: i am not just disappointed. i am angry. i am so angry at harry reid. you know, we fight the fight every day against these republicans against the middle class to take things away from us and harry reid leads the charge and says, fire. are you kidding me? i think everyone who is listening today ought to be calling his office and giving them an earful. and you know what? democratic senate campaign no more contributions until harry goes. >> bill: i think a lot of people may feel that way. you know, there are -- i would just hope that those senators we talked about, diane, that we
know, have been leading the charge on this. and they know what to do like geoff merkley and tom eudall. i would hope they are not going to roll over maybe they should say, no, we are not going to along with that weak week compromise. we want the whole deal caller: that's right because it's the middle class that's at stake. we are losing. >> bill: those senators are fighting for us. i would love to see that. challenge harry reid, demand -- bring it up to a vote. right? and let's have the real deal not this phone compromise. in flint, mississippi, doris, what do you say? caller: hey, bill. the last lady, i am not just disappointed. i am disgusted. i say et tu brute, judas. all of the people. i fought. many people fought hard for this. you are more familiar with congress but there had to be
democrats that went along with this because they are in the majority. i am disgusted with whoever they are and i want to know who they are. we never know who they are. when he said -- i think reid said they didn't have enough votes. i don't know if that's true or not but i would rather they take a vote and let me see who the betrayers are. >> bill: i do know this not to defend harry reid because i think it's a total lack of leadership on this issue on his part. there were some old-time senators who didn't want to -- didn't want to change because they were -- they sort of feel like, well, when we get back in power, we will want to use the filibuster this way. but democrats never did. they didn't abuse it the way republicans have. i don't care what party is in charge. it's wrong. right right? wrong, wrong, wrong. doris, we will -- we will get the list of the house senators who voted on this and put it up on our website. i can't do it like right on the
spot. >> peter: we will get it. >> bill: we will give it to you on the air in the next few minutes or certainly put it on our website. good question. we ought to know which democrats went along with this half-assed -- it's not even half-assed. it's just a bad, bad compromise. fran is in springfield, missouri. hello, fran. good morning. >> can president obama do anything with executive order to counteract what's not going to be done? >> bill: unfortunately not. no. there is something called the separation of powers. right? caller: i am for getting what executive order is because obama doesn't do it as much as the rest of the presidents. >> bill: actually he has done a lot of executive orders but i can answer that very quickly. it only applies to the administrative offices. in other words, part of the executive branch. like he can't give an executive order saying the department of
health and human services has to do x. right? or that the interior department has to do x. but he can't give an order telling congress that they have got to do anything. caller: oh, boy. >> bill: i know. i am. all right, fran. thank you. yeah, it's frustrating because, i am telling you i don't think tom harkin was off when tom harkin said, if we don't fix the filibuster again, he said, president obama might as well just take the next four years, vacation, go to hawaii, because he is not going to get anything done. it's certainly, certainly going to be more difficult. in albuquerque, until, what do you say, mike? >> senator merkley himself, called them out. we know the names of at least three of them who sided with harry reid on this. barbara boxer and dianne
feinstein from california are two of the main ones. >> bill: i don't understand. yes realize barbara boxer had too. they have been there a long time. you would think if they had been there a long time they would understand how broke it is. right? caller: that's what i am saying. i think we really need to shine the light on what senator merkley did because apparently he is taking a lot of heat from his fellow senators from blaking that blue wall of silence and naming people so that we can talk about them without it happening in secret, and i think that -- you know, i think he should be on some talk shows. he should be -- his name shall be called out as someone who might help the american people know more about what's going on and -- >> bill: yeah. >> get more involved. >> bill: yeah. i agree, mike. geoff americamerkley has emerged as a strong leader in the united
states senate in his first term. we tried to get him on the show in studio today but he is back in oregon and he wasn't able to make it in, because i want to give him as much exposure as possible. and he's -- he's become the real leader on this issue, and he's not going to -- geoff merkley is not presenting this as a good deal. geoff merkley knows they could have gotten rid defendant filibuster. they could have done major, major reform. instead, we get this piece of nonsense from harry reid and mitch mcconnell. >> this is the full court press: "the bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv. [ music ] >> only on current tv. event. >> it doesn't anymore real than this. >> current's award winning original series is back with an all-new episode straight from the headlines.
>> this is "the bill press show" >> bill: we have been talking about the filibuster, the lack of filibuster reform that we were going to see in the united states senate because harry reid sold out to mitch mcconnell. bernie sanders voting against it said this is a step forward, but -- these changes are a step forward but they are not enough. senator sanders in his statement yesterday pointing out that when lyndon johnson was majority leader, there was one filibuster during that time under mitch mcconnell mcconnell. there have been 390. that just shows the abuse of the filibuster. >> that's an important issue. again, we will post the names of
the democrats who went along with harry reid on this and refused to change the filibuster. but another big issue -- talk about this is another kind of procedural issue that's not getting as much attention as it deserves but n mil highsheiser has been looking at what republicans are doing on reapportionment to draw lines so that it will be more difficult for democrats to hold on to seats or win seats in the state legislatures, in the congress. he joins us this morning. ian, good morning. good to have you with us. >> good to be here. thanks so much >> bill: we talked this week earlier about what happened in village but you have been writing and looking at this. it's not just virginia where republicans are trying to gerrymander. right? >> that's right. the six states where i think we have seen the worst jerry
manneders are pennsylvania michigan, wisconsin, florida, and ohio. what those have in common those are all states obama won twice and states that republicans did very well in, in 20s 10. those are republican governors you have these crazy maps. in pennsylvania, obama won by over five points. but republicans got 13 of the 18 congressional districts. in michigan, obama won by over 10 points but the republicans still control the majority of the congressional seats. so you saw these very sophisticated gerrymandering operations even in the states where democrats did well. nationwide, democrats won 1.4 billion votes in the house than republicans did. even though democrats did thes well in many of these states
>> bill: democrats -- democratic candidates for congress won how many more than republicans? >> 1.4 million votes. >> 1.4 million votes than republicans and yet republicans control the house? >> that's right. they have a 33-seat majority, which is a large majority. >> bill: ridiculous. >> this is ril i can lus. i did the math on this and we found that democrats would have to win by over 7 points. like that's a landslide like what you saw in 2006. >> bill: yeah. >> in order to take by the house by just one seat. >> bill: how are they doing this? maybe some people don't understand. reapportionment is a big worried. gerrymander is a big word. give us an example of what they do when they draw these lines. >> the two terms used in the voting rights are cracking and tacking. what they will do is they will take all of the democrats and
they will pack all of the democrats into just a handful of districts. so, like, in michigan they might, like, try to have a district in detroit that are 80, 90% democrat and in northern virginia, that's how they will draw the district so that like all of the democrats are palked in these districts. and then they spread out the republicans a little bit more so that they might be 55% republican in those districts. so you are maximizing the power of each republican voter, and you are minimizing the power of each democratic voter so that regardless of how the voters vote in that state, republicans wind up controlling most of the house seats. >> bill: so, in escffect, it's impossible for a republican to get elected in some districts or difficult for a democrat to get elected in many more districts? right? >> that's exactly right. so long as you have enough
democrats in the state it would be very difficult to draw maps, especially if they are concentrated in cities so that no democrat gets elected. >> bill: right. >> as it turns out you can do something like they did in ohio where despite the fact that obama won the state, democrats only control one quarter of the seats. >> bill: well and this explains why the tea party has such a grip on the congress, too. doesn't it? because they are in these districts where it's impossible to dislodge them? right? >> yeah. certainly you have the situation for a lot of republican congressmen and for a lot of democratic congressmen where they are more afraid of their primary election more afraid of getting kicked out by their own party than the general election getting kicked out by the whole electorate. that leads to a serious problem where, you know, when they don't fear the general electorate they are not going to act in a way that's responsible. >> bill: yeah, you know it gets to this, and ianmillhouser
is at the great center for american press. find out more about this by going to their website americanprogress.org. ian has written extensively on this. but, you know, i just really thank you for being with us this morning. and to me, what this points out is: people don't pay enough attention to state legislative races. so much is paid to u.s. senate races and u.s. congressional races. but meanwhile, as you point out, in six states at least the republican legislatures are break making it more difficult for democrats to get a job done in the united states congress. thanks, ian for your good work on this. >> the sad think is they separated women into congress. sot now, this plan that they have is they want to take these gerrymanderd maps and map the
presidential election on to that. the way they want to do that is so most states right now -- >> bill: got to go. we will talk about that another time. thanks so much for being with us this morning. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok.
you today and great to have you with us as we tackle the big stories of the day here in our nation's capitol and around the globe and take your calls at 866-55-press. >> that's our toll-free number. it should have happened a long time ago but it is finally official. secretary of defense leon panetta announcing yesterday that the pentagon is lifting the ban on women in combat making it real. 2028 william have served in combat in iraq and afghanistan. over 130 gave their lives. they are capable of doing the job. they should be recognized as such. now, they will be. great move forward. good for leon panetta. good for president obama we will talk about that and more here on today's "full-court press." here she is, a woman who does verbal combat every day and is damn good at it out in los angeles with today's current current news update jacki schechner. >> good morning.
senator john kerry has everyone talking about climate change. he and yesterday for his confirmation hearing and laid emphasis on two less obvious facets of foreign policy, the earnvinement and his economy and talked about the u.s. putting its own fiscal house in order to be a leader on the world stage. kerry, a long-time clean energy advocate says it is a $6 trillion market worth millions of american jobs and we need to get in the game. >> the solution of climate change is energy policy. and the opportunities of energy policy so vastly outweigh the downsides that you are expressing concern about and i will spend a lot of time trying to persuade you and other
colleagues. >> he was less committal about whether he would approve the keystone pipeline because it would cross the border between the u.s. and canada. kerry is expected to get a positive recommendation from the committee and if you will confirmation from the full senate next week. back with more bill press after the break. stay with us. alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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they have proven they can do a good job. welcome, welcome to the "full-court press" this friday morning, january 25th coming to you live coast to coast from our studio here on capitol hill in washington, d.c. we are booming out to you life on your local progressive talk radio station. you are lucky if you've got one. support them, and support the sponsors of those shows and also of those stations and also coming to you live of course on current tv. good to have you with us, and we invite you to join the conversation any time at 86655-press. this is the old fashion way with joining the conversation if you will or just to follow us on twitter at bp show or on welcome back toing. facebook.com/billpressshow. peter ogburn and dan henning. >> good morning >> bill: with phil backert on the phones and cyprian doing a
great job as always on the video cam. we will talk about one the top prior to issues with president obama and i think for the american people in this session of congress. >> that's climate change. joining us in studio bob deans is the communications director for the natural resources defense counsel. >> thanks for having me. >> bill: thank you. thanks for coming in. you didn't get the dress code i guess. >> i dress up now bill. >> peter: so much for casual fridays, man. >> bill: nice of you to raise the bar. >> peter: happy i just found a clean shirt this morning. >> bill: i have got to tell you a lot of republicans are saying today, today, you know, we need to do something about our party because we got schllacked by everybody but white males.
bobby gendall of all people republican governor of louisiana who is room ordered to run and it may be next time. he was talking to a group of republicans in north carolina. he didn't pull any punches. he really said, man, this party has got to change. here he is. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. i am serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to articulate our plans and sris for americans in real terms. >> that's tough stuff. >> bold for him to say that. >> for a republican to call it the stupid party. in effect, et cetera talking about the leadership of the party. right? the current leadership of the party. it's sort of a not-so-subtle slap at mitt romney too. so bobby gendall makes a point that the problem is that people see us as identified only with the big guys and not with the
little guys. again. >> we must quit big we are not the party of big corporate loopholes or big anything. we must not be the party that simply protects the well-off so they can keep their toys. >> bill: yeah but they are today the party of big. >> that's the problem, i think. and what bobby jindall is saying. is anybody listening? we will talk global climate changing. congress woman tammy duckworth joining united states. she proved people are capable of serving in combat. she will talk about that with us, carl fritsche from the bullfight strategies will be here as a friend of bill. alternates coming up. >> this is the full court press. >> big headlines. >> other headlines making news a new study shows that parents lie to get their kids to behave. a lot of parents light, according to the study in the international journal of
psychology. it's shocking. >> shocked. >> 84% of parents in the united states. >> how many? >> 84% lie to their children to get them to behave like when they are having the tantrum in public parents say they will walk away and leave their child alone in public if they don't stop crying or promising to buy a toy at a later date for the crying kid to get him to stop crying is the second biggest lie >> bill: 84%? 16% are liars do you have kids. >> three. i told a little white one in a restaurant it was just too loud. we had to move. we had to go somewhere else. i told the wait tres i am going to leave you $5. my son is allergic to muscles. we have to leave. that was bad. that was wrong. >> bill: that one that you told, i have told bigger lies than that. >> yeah, i tell big lies all the time to my kids. i was telling cyprian what we
do -- >> bill: do you lie to cyprian? >> we will go to the wizards game and buy cheap tickets up high and i will tell the kids we actually have seats down there. you just have to walk down to them and they will walk past the security guards and we get better seats. i bring them in on my scam. >> you just said that on national television. well done. >> the founder and ceo of facebook is stepping into politics, mark zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for new jersey governor christensenie's reelection campaign. zuckerberg has never made a political campaign donation and openly discussed politics. he did donate $100 million to knee newark schools and supports christie's education reforms. >> barbosa went to a president
dinner president obama. >> finally, earlier this week, we talked about the new board first fees being instituted by southwest airlines known for not charging fees like bag fees. on that point, ceo of the airline said yesterday, never say never. gary kelly said they have no plans to institute bag fees but if customers say they would prefer to have extra fees rather than everything being bundled in the ticket us price, they could institute bag fees in the future. >> my advice is keep it the way it is don't fix what ain't broke. >> that might be their biggest selling point. >> there is a reason why every flight is full. it's good service. they don't put the extra stupid fees on there.
president obama on mopped, again, i call it a liberal manifesto. my new column about the president's inaugural address is up on the website. he pointed out the liberal agenda, the progressive agenda if you will, rooted in the declaration of independence and he cited several issues if you believe in the constitution, we ought to be supporting we ought to be behind. one may have surprised people that he talked about climate change. here he is. >> we will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. >> the president indicating this is way up there high on his list of priorities. is that the message you got absolutely. we had one candidate who said climate change is a joke. no way said it's a threat to our
children. we need to do something about it. on monday, the president showed he was serious, he meant what he said. what i thought was interest being that line was that it echoed something we heard from theodore roosevelt, a great conservationist and great republican president when he said we have to build a better land for our children, even their our ancestors left for us. for many decades, that animated the way we were going to think about it. the republican party has taken a shift away from that history >> bill: it has. i have written about this. if you go back the early conservationists, we called them, them, about of the word "environment," you know, were republicans. and teddy roosevelt being the classic one with gifford pincheaux, his interior secretary. and he established the first national park, i believe. right? >> yes, sir. >> bill: and on from there. so if it's so important, why didn't president obama do anything about it in the first
four years? >> he had a tough time. he tried to go the legislative route. we got some good legislative comprehensive climate and energy legislation through the house but it didn't get through the senate. so, what the president did do was, he went after the 30% of car body shop pollution. of course, the sorts of our xlooiment problems right now. he we want after the 30% of that in our motor vehicles. so we are going to double, under an agreement that the white house reached with car makers we will double our gas mileage to cut that carbon footprint in half. what he has a great opportunity to do right now, historic opportunity, is to go after the 40% of the carbon pollution that comes from our power plants around the country >> bill: existing? >> existing coal-fired power plants, yes, sir. he can use the clean air act. he has the authority that congress passed with a huge bi-partisan majority 40 years ago signed by richard nixon and
other presidents. he has that authority to set standards for power plants so that we can reduce that carbon footprint. we can cut our national carbon foot print by 10% by 2020 by going after the pollution coming from these plants. >> so are you saying the president, to do that, he does not need congressional. >> congress has given him that through the clean air act absolutely. >> with the authority he's got, he could put new rules out there for existing power plants. >> that's right. the supreme court has affirmed epa's authority to do that. >> what are the chances they will do it? >> we are hopeful that they will because this is the single greatest source of the carbon solution causing the kay on the. 2012 was the hottest year on record, just wrapped up the hottest decade on record. we saw storms. we had the worst drought in 50 years, wiped out half of our
nation's corn, 60% of our pastoral lands ranchers liquidating the herds because they couldn't afford to feed their cattle. this kind of chaos that's being fueled by carbon pollution is something that needs to be addressed. >> what do you say to the doubters? the president talked about the doubters referenced them in his inaugural address but they are out there. they seem to be -- i think they are in the minority but they have a lot of clout for some strange reason. >> they are in a small and dwindling minority. about 75% of the country now understands that climate change is happening. it's a problem and it's going to get worse if we don't do something about it. we have seen that in polls from the associate press, university of texas and washington post just in recent months. >> and evidence is pretty overwhelming. >> bill, this last year, it sort of jumped out of the lab and out of the theoretical into our back yards and corn fields and lakes and streams and mississippi
river barely has enough water to float a barge. we are seeing super storm sandy killed 100 of our people did $80,000,000,000 in damage. the senate is the poised on monday to wrap up a $60 billion aid package for the damage that was done by sandy. >> that's going to wipe out every penny of the revenue we get from the fiscal cliff deal that was just made. so this is serious. this is hurting the country. the price tag is coming due. we have to do something. we have to strike a blow against climate change. >> bill: and when the -- when people talk about climate change, i am glad to hear you mentioned a that executive action because that makes me more hopeful we can actually get something done. but the cap and trade legislation, is that vital? and what would that do? >> we originally had hoped to get a comprehensive package that would provide insentatives to go to low carbon options and also
research and development funding to help us develop wind solar, other, so we can do more with less. these things make sense no matter whether you believe in climate change or not. they would have helped us move forward, created jobs. all of the rest of it. >> add. >> saved money. >> absolutely. make our business more competitive, make us less reliant onphon oil. >> right. >> would have been great. since that didn't work and we are looking at a congress that is not fundamentally shifted in constitution, so we are now saying, you know, as the police department said, there are other ways to skin a cat. so he went after automobile emissions last time. now, we have the opportunity really to reduce the big piece here that carbon pollution coming from our power plants. >> and you still -- but you don't want to let congress off of the hook entirely? >> we think congress dwight
eisen hour created the alaskan preserve. ronald reagan got the lead out of our gasoline. george bush went after acid rain >> bill: i was in the state legislature as an aide when ronald reagan signed the wild rivers bill in california. i come back to that. republicans were the leaders of the conservation movement. >> they have pivoted away from their party's history and conservative thought as well because ronald reagan, himself asked the question: what is a conservative, after all, but one who con serves? and he can owed roosevelt in talking about the legacy we leave to our children. >> when did that happen, and how did this become such a political issue when it's really not something to be. >> the biggest corporate plumers in the country have spent
hundreds of millions of dollars on capitol hill and pumping up campaign coffers is entails among them the koch brothers? >> absolutely >> bill: some of the biggest polluters, cokekoch industries. bob dean -- bobdines. i'm sorry. we are talking climate change, not so much politics but it gets involved in here. join the conversation. any questions about the progress on this issue? 866-55-press. >> this is "the bill press show."
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>> this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current t.v. >> 26 minutes after the hour. we thought we had a chance at filibuster reform. it looks like it's not going to happen. we will talk about that in the next segment here right now we are talking about the issue of climate change with bob deans, the federal communications director for the natural resources defense counsel. bob, we talked. i want to get to the phone here we talked about what president obama did in terms of the automatic 0 -- the standards. right? >> right. >> also, in the stimulus and throughout, a lot of money spent on renewable energy solar, developing solar, wind which is also part of this. >> we are getting 4% of our
electricity from wind turbines. texas, the oil capital of the world gets 8 per from wind iowa 20 % of the the department of energy tells us we can get 20% of our electricity from wind in about 15 years if we stay the course. >> that's important. that would put wind on par with how much electricity we get from nuclear power. that would be significant. >> solar has the same potential. >> solar has a huge potential the. the cost of solar has been falling like a rock. countries are saying, you know, it might make sense. you might look at an eight- 10-12-year payback putting solar panels on. >> we are starting to think it seriously. >> absolutely. it's a good start. >> i guess what we have to make sure is that the president follows through: it's more
likely to happen. thank you for your good work and thank you for coming in this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> talking about a very important issue. >> thank you. >> this is "the bill press show." >> current's award winning original series is back with an all-new episode straight from the headlines. in the minefield of the nation's gun control debate, this could be the most polarizing issue. >> anybody could claim "stand your ground" and they can get away with murder. >> only on current tv.
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utility workers' union of america, good men and women of the utility workers under president michael langford delivering vital services and a brighter future, you bet. you can find out more about their good work at uwua.net. a little breaking news the white house announcing that this afternoon, president obama is going to sit down with secretary of state hillary clinton for an interview with steve kroft of cbs news that will air sunday night on 60 minutes. it's very unusual. it's for the president and the secretary of state to give an interview together. the first time the president has set done for an interview with anybody, not even with the vice president. sitting down for a joint interview with secretary clinton. i am sure they will cover a lot of the national security issues.
he will be asked about benghazi, about the situation in northern africa and hillaryses tenure. >> it's clear he likes doing interviews with steve kroft. >> yes. >> he has done more with him than anybody else. i am not sure what the number is. >> bill: yeah. on a national level certainly. so that should be interesting to watch. you know i was disappointed today in -- the figure buster we thought we were going to see reform of the filibuster this year. we know how important it is. we know how broken the senate is what he wants to get done through the senate whether it's gun control or climate change
tom harkin said without filibuster reform, president obama might just as well take the next four years off, go on vacation, this was the time at the beginning of each session they can change the rules. all they need are 51 votes. democrats have 55 votes. they have all of the votes they need to change the filibuster to get rid of it or to change it. several senators, jeff merkley from or gone but also tom eudall. we talked to all of them about the need to reform the filibuster. tom harkin from iowa has been at it a long time tammy baldwin, newly elected from wisconsin joined the crew. tom dashel former majority leader yesterday here on our program told us that at least the very least they had to do was make it for real so if the
senator, he or she had said they were going to filibuster they had to come to the floor and talk, talk, talk talk talk as long as they can, give it the old strom thurman or mr. smith goes to washington routine. en stead, it was a announced yesterday, harry reid and mitch mccombed came to an agreement basically, they are not going to do anything about the filibuster. they tweaked it a little bit. any senate can filibuster even considering, consideration of a bill or nomination long before it comes to a vote whether it will even be brought to the floor. they can still do that. they can still filibuster it, a nomination or a bill on the floor and thick filibuster without having to filibuster.
they don't have to talk for 24 hours and 18 minutes. they just say, i want to filibuster this. life goes on except that bill doesn't go on. so, it can still be used as the obstructionist measure that it always had the question i've got is why, why, why, harry reid caved in on this. he didn't have to all he needed was 51 votes they had more than enough democratic votes and they bought into the notion if they did it with just democrats, it would be the nuclear option. no, it's not. it's called democracy. it's called the majority rules. and the arithmetic says if you have 100 senators, all you need is 51 votes. >> that's what it should be. >> that's the democratic process. i am only going to agree with what mitch mcdonnell will agree on. i have read the agreement two or three times. as i see it, all it really --
the om changes it makes is that if mitch mcconnell and harry reid agree that a bill is non-controversialing they can say it's filibuster-free. they have to agree on what's non-controversial. the last 4 years, everything has been. they blocked everything. everything. we have given them numbers before. under lyndon john sons when he was majority leader there was one filibuster the whole time. eight years or so. under mitch mcconnell, there has been what was it? 139 just last year, alone. >> wow. >> by mitch mcconnell. 139 last year alone. it's just crazy, abusing it.
and so non-controversial, that's not going to happen. the other thing if senated read says, okay, i will let you and the bill if it goes to the floor and he and mitch mcconnell agree again then that bill could go forward if they allow amendments, even amendments that are not related but the basic problem with the filibuster is still there. doesn't change. i think we lost a great opportunity. i think harry reid sold us out on the this issue. hate to say is. 866 -- >> you are not alone in thinking that. people are on fire about this online on twitter @bpshow is where we are treating. grace says did he get at big bag of catch? the g.o.p. claim everything is controversial. harry reid has an a rating with the nra. he loves mitch mcconnell and the seat of power more than had a
the people want. the idea that maybe this might be some sort of back door for him avoiding the gun control issue brought up byglen and bill on twitter says read sold the people out. read voted for change. we got nothing but the same stuff. read just handed barack obama four years of gridlock. >> that's what it is. >> i hope that's not true. >> everybody knows. >> everybody knows the senate is broken and everybody knows this is the time to fix it cj from down in atlanta. c cj, what do you say? >> i think this is about the gun lobby. anything. he does have an a rating. as soon as anybody proposed anything on gun legislation, harry reid was already undermining it. the filibuster is going to protect him. >> yes. going to protect all of the
house members who are going to vote against anything that's reasonable, anything that has any teeth at all. and this is, i am, when the gun issue came up, this was what was going to protect him. if he changed it, he would have left himself out there and he would have been punished by the gun lobby. now, he won't be. it's that simple. >> we will never have such a great opportunity. when you look for motivation, that's as good an explanation, c cj as any, that this is an issue. you know, look, we know where harry reid stands on the gun issue, which is fine. i disagree with him on that, but if he wants to vote that way but the point is, allow a vote. right? don't let the republicans use of filibuster to block every single thing from coming up to a vote which they have done. how are you? >> it's been a long time i felt so out remained by my own party.
i am so god-damned mad. i fought hard to help get barack obama re-elected. he undermined his party. >> you can't blame this on barack obama. i understand you being angry. >> no. i am saying that for the people that worked for him, went out and fought for him, harry reid just kicked him in the guts and betrayed his own party. not only that, helped under mine this country. it pisses me off, i am so god-damned mad, if i could see harry reid, i would bitch-slap him. >> i think he is angry is what he is trying to tell us. >> i am angry, too. maybe not that angry. i will i feel betrayed absolutely feel betrayed i think harry reid did betray all of us on this issue. quickly, pat in los angeles, what's up? >> good morning, as a life-long democrat and a fan of yours for
years, this fills like where lucy hit a tulle and charlie brown fell. >> how many times did he call for that? >> thank you bill >> bill: pat, good to hear from you. fan base out in los angeles. some day, maybe i will come home to los angeles a back to my roots. all right. when we come back we will bring you up to date on our favorite little sound clip for the week. >> this is "the bill press show." the sweatshirt is nice and all (vo) only on current tv. iq will go way up. (vo) current tv gets the converstion started weekdays at 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy.
>> this is "the bill press show." >> carl fritsche is here as a friend of bill and congress woman tammy duckworth. love calling her congresswoman to talk about women in combat. it is a friday, and we are going to get to our clips of the week here in just a second. but first, a little bit remilder for some of you having a hard time making ends meet at the end of the month. we have something that you might really want to consider. and that is income at home.com: they are america's leading work from home business doing business in over 80 countries today so they know what they are doing and they know this is something that you can do no matter your age, education or experience. you can literally earn money from your own kitchenel table using your own laptop 247 even while you sleep. you ought to check it out if you are sick of leafing paycheck to
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representing the state of maryland, a big ravens fan. >> number 5. i had prepared two sets of questions. one much more difficult than the other depending upon the outcome of this weekend. >> i am taking it for the red sox. i am taking it for the patri-i don't think so. if the standard is which teach you root for, i am reviewed. >> the republican party might be screwed says bobby gendall unless we change our ways governor of louisiana. >>nu 4. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. i am serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to artic lakeulate our plans and visions for america in real terms. >> if he doesn't want to be a member of the stupid party, maybe he should become a democrat and leave the republican party. just a suggestion there. it was a glorious day monday
at the u.s. capitol. peter ogburn and i and cyprian, we were right up front for the ceremony. we were so close to beyonce, we could see here lip-syncing. >> almost sing ♪ in the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursted air. >> the band sounds great too. >> bill: yeah. ♪ that our flag was still there. ♪ >> bill: bring it home, baby. take it home. take it back to the recording studio. lip syncing and the band was fayinging it, too. oh, my, oh my, oh, my. hillary clinton, testifying on benghazi in front of the senator foreign relations committee, she doesn't tolerate fools gladly and probably the biggest fool in
the united states senate senator ron yonson from wisconsin. well one of. one of, ron johnson from wisconsin. she slapped him down. >> number 2. >> that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact? >> but, you know. >> people could have known that within days. they didn't know that? >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans because of a protest or guys out for a walk who decided they would go kill some americans? what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> you tell them hillary. go. go. go. and, yes the glorious day monday, the beginning of the second barack obama admin -- the term of the barac obama administration, here he is is chief justice john roberts. >> i sol lemly swear that i will
faflth execute the office of the of the united states. ithfully execute the office of the of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> and there he is president obama taking the oath of office for the fourth time in his presidency. took the oath four times. >> an interesting little tidbit. that will be a trivia question in presidential history for the rest of, you know, our days. there it is. welcome back, speaking of president obama, and tell you what the leader of the free world is up to today. down at the whitehouse. >> this is the full court press. "the bill press show," live on
[ music ] heard around the country and seen on current tv, this is "the bill press show". >> all right. three minutes before the top of the hour. president obama pretty easy schedule at the whitehouse today. no events, public event did planned. we did announce the white house announced a couple of minutes ago that he will be doing a sit-down interview with steve kroft today at the whitehouse this an together with secretary of state hillary clinton. we have been talking a lot built
jay carney -- we have been talking a lot about the filibuster. >> comments. >> harry rave catering. >> cyber society says, bill what a we've you've had. first beyonce betrayed you. now, harry reid. who can you trust? bill w. says harry reid talked tough. >> tough, man. don't remind me of of that. >> sorry. >> stabbed in the back by harry reid and beyonce. >> bill w. says terri read talked tough for two years about changing the filibuster. turns out it was all talking t looks like he might have been bought off by the nra. >> everybody is connecting it to happy read and guns. all right. in the next hour carl fritsche from bullfight strategies will be here as a friend of bill. we'll cover the entire political landscape with carl, and then congress woman tammy duckworth th a gravely wounded combat
the latest news from our nation's capitol around country and around the globe and what a big disappointment. this was the year they were going to fix the filibuster. we know the senate is broken. we know it needs fixing. it looks like it ain't going to happen instead of getting rid of the filibuster instead of making senators actually come to the floor and talk talk, to talk, actually filibuster harry reid and mitch mcconnell agreed on some sort of half-assed fix that does some minor tinkering with the filibuster but leaves it in place. why did harry reid cave in to republicans on this issue? that question and a whole lot more but first, we get the latest. today's current news update, please, to welcome back to our early morning shift out in los angeles, jacki schechner. >> i forgot how early this was. good morning, bill. good
morning, everybody. as bill did mention last hour "60 minutes" steve kroft will sit down with president obama and outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton for a joint interview at the whitehouse today. this is president obama's first joint interview with anyone other than the first lady. that interview will air this sunday. americans still saying keep your hands off of my government healthcare. a new bowl from the kaiser foundition, robert wood foundation and harvard school of public health says 58% people don't want to see cuts to medicare: one harvard processor saying they will cut 8 to 10 cabinet positions before taking money out of medicare. when lawmakers started talking about specifics like raising the eligibility age or means testing said you can expectling backlash. as for the affordable care act, 55% of people say they want
their sometime set up the exchanges a prior to this year. up to 133% of the poverty level to help people pale pay for health insurance. back after the break. stay with us stay with us. [ music ] >> it doesn't anymore real than this. >> current's award winning original series is back with an all-new episode straight from the headlines. in the minefield of the nation's gun control debate, this could be the most polarizing issue. >> anybody could claim "stand your ground" and they can get away with murder. >> only on current tv. the chill of peppermint. the rich dark chocolate. york peppermint pattie
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around 13,100. >> you guys got me beat. i just passed 13,100. >> 13144. >> yeah. i think you guys got me beat. >> you are 13109. 13109. >> make the press teamwork harder. follow carl fritsche. >> no. you have a choice here it's a twitter war. >> in fairness i have been on the twitter machine since 2006, when it started. i had no idea what it was at the time. >> you all interviewedrupted my saying hello to cyprian boulding. i am not going to get in trouble or else the cameras go off. >> going to put you on t.v. >> exactly. we know which side our bread is buttered on. >> yes. >> as they say. well, a big announcement in the sports world. you enjoyed watching the super bowl last sunday in the heat of -- well not necessarily the
heat but the dome, under the dome n new orleans. right? >> super bowl in about a week. next year, it might be a little more challenging, where super bowl will be held. >> february 2nd, 2014, mark it down super ball 14 will kick off at met life stadium. the week before, hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and around the globe will converge on new york city. >> it's actually in northern new jersey. >> stadium home of the super bowl champions, giants. >> how did they do. >> they won this year. >> they won the super bowl last year. >> it's going to be basically al new york city event.
if. >> i want to see old school real. >> nude and snow? >> lambeaux field. >> that looked like they were the product of human, you know, sexual activity as opposed to being made in a test-tube somewhere. >> i am not sure i want to follow that thought. michael bloomberg trying maybe a little too hard to identify with the super bowl here, i think. >> as everyone knows new york is the big apple. and twelve months from now, it will be the big pigskin as well. >> this guy is a billion air. who did he higher to write for him? >> the big pigskin. >> and with the tonies coming up, we've got the big metallic gold statuettes for musical theater and other genres as
well. >> bill: what we were wondering is: what's he going to ban at the super bowl? he has banned the 16 ages. >> a couple of years ago there was a businessman in miami that floated the idea of a permanent super bowl stadium in miami because the weather is always pretty good in miami. it would just be one thing. they would use it but the super bowl every year was held in miami, the reporters that go there like to go to miami. the weather is usually nice. that's not a bad idea but i would like to see just a ton of snow on super bowl sunday and have a couple of teams have to go fight it out. >> i have talked about the super ball more this morning than i do all year. >> sale here, pal. >> twelve minutes after the hour, carl fritsche here, tammy duckworth, new congress woman from illinois veteran of combat. is she ever. we will talk about women in
combat a little bit later, but first. >> dan bringing us up to date on the the latest. >> other headlines making news, now that the inauguration is over, mitt romney is coming to washington. >> who? >> national journal reports the failed presidential cam paper and -- candidate and his wife will be honored at the hair i don't want hotel. he rejoined that board of directors. no word on bill marriott, jr., is honoring romney for. but marriott was a big campaign contributor. i thought he got a job at the bp filling station on 13th street. >> that's entirely possible. a new stud that is correct shows that parents lie to get their kids to behave. >> shogging. >> a new international journal of psychology showing 84% of parents in the u.s. lie to get their kids to behave in public like when they are having a temper tantrum. most common lies is they say they will walk away and leave their child alone in public or never come back or they will
promise to buy a toy at a later date if the kid stops crying. >> republican leadership in congress, the rest of the caucus. >> it is shocking how many times a day i lie to my children. the most common lie being, i will leave you somewhere in public? >> i never said that. i follow through on what i say. no. i mean, you know, you got to lie to your kids. >> how about when you are driving, we are almost there. right? >> it doesn't matter what you tell a child when you say we are almost there. if they are young enough to not know how far away they are, they have no concept of how long it is. >> i have no children that i know of and if i do, they are at least 15 years old. i won't be lying to anybody too. >> lance armstrong -- >> danny can i use this?
>> broken right now. i use that a couple of times. the phone is broken right now. i have to fix it. then you can use it. >> there are children in china making these iphones. if you don't stop it. >> are you finished? >> that's it. >> i want to get to a relevant topic. >> i told you i lost control of this hour. the last time i saw you mr. fritsche was in row 2 of the inauguration ceremony right alongside the marine band. the key question is: when they were playing the star spangled banner, did you have any idea they, the band, were faking it? >> as a noted celloist follower, i did. i didn't want to say anything you know. i had no idea. >> he was conducting.
>> i don't care, though. >> she was faking it. so was the band. you don't care that the u.s. marines -- >> i don't know how you would match a vocal track to a live musical performance. why have a problem with beyonce lip syncing. she sings live during her shows. >> how do you know? >> you can tell by how out of breath they are, how much they talk during the show. i have seep, you know i like pop music a lot more than the super bowl, so i watch the halftime shows and i have been to maddona and brittney speers but beyonce tends to sing. so i don't have a problem with her making sure she got it right. i would rather have us talking about what the president actually said than us talking about how beyonce screwed up the national anthem. if you think about ha performances at sporting whenever anybody screws up the national anthem, that's all we talk about. and i don't think we wanted to be put in that position again.
i will say that the response to whether or not she lip synched has been rather ridiculous from no, she didn't, to yes, she did, to she sang to a back-up track. it's pretty easy to determine what happened. just tell us. >> bill: exactly. all of this denial. there were three days of denial before they said all right. okay. >> in australia, they have to tell you on your ticket for a concert if the artist is singing or if it's lip synched. jon fugelsang things we should bring that to the united states. >> they have an assault weapons band. >> not so bad for a place that used to be a penal colony. >> a prime miles per hour sister would lives with her boyfriend. >> back to what the president did, and i want you to know we have not talked about beyonce all week long. the president, his inaugural address was a pretty powerful
aggressive agenda. >> absolutely. >> were you surprised at how bold he was? >> sitting with the reporter people at the inauguration and i kept on catching myself in mid applause thinking this is a perfectly acceptable address for anybody to make. i thought it was a amazing. i will sitting there talking about civil rights and he says seneca falls and selma and i wanted to jump out of my seat. we were so close to the president, bill, maybe i thought maybe i shouldn't jump out of my seat. i might get taken out. but it was absolutely an amazing speech. i am fascinated at how many members of the right-wing media and the mainstream media are calling it some kind of a liberal call to arms and saying he campaigned as a moderate. he never did. he campaigned as a progressive. his speech was about progressive vision and largely wanted by the american people. you look at the addresses he -- issues that he addressed in his rearms action remarks, quicker
the media and the right-wing comes to the realization of the truth that this is not a center right country, this is a center is not progressive country, the better off we will be when we have these discussions about the media but until then we are going to have to cyst through this garbage they spew out. >> he rooted this progressive agenda which i loved in those macidge words of the declaration and the constitution of the united states and when he got to the issues, as you mentioned, he was very -- he didn't settle for just doing some sort of general thematic thing. he got into specific issues climate change civil rights and gay rights, and he basically was saying if you believe in the deck declaration and the institution there wouldn't be any debate. did you ever expect a president
of the united states to say that. >> every month, there is a new accomplishment. rhode island is looking at marriage equality, illinois hawaii. when i was 18 years old, it never occurred to me that marriage would be legal. it never even occurred to me to think about marriage equality. we hear a president talk about it is remarkable. the idea that tammy baldwin would be in the senate or six gay members of congress never occurred to me. the notion that would be controversial, if you look at the polling, there is one piece of legislation that's more popular, the employment non-discrimination act because you can get fired for being gay in more than 30 states. and that en joe's support from almost 70 percent of the country and well more than 50% of republicans. so, we made a lot of progress. it's great to see the president talking about those things. his comments on marriage are
what moved the ball forward last year. so many other issues climate change, the 34i8ingdz class. they are self evidence but not self-procured. the country has to make sure that those rights are established and protected for every way. >> right. our job to make sure that -- to make the bridge between our jobs and rights for every american. carl fritsche as a friend of bill. your calls your comments always welcome at 866-55 press, this friday morning. >> this is "the bill press show." that viewers like about the
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>> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> it's 25 minutes after the hour. the full court press congresswoman tammy duckworth joining united states in the next segment. carl fritsche here as a friend of bill. so carl, we thought this was the time when going to fix the filibuster. right? >> yeah. >> we have the votes. only need 51 votes. we got 55 votes. democrats are going to do it. what happened? >> fill busted. >> there is your hash tag, filibusted. >> it's just disappointing. >> harry reid caved in. like the old boys network got
together. >> what it boils down to is old senators looking at the bottom and saying we don't want to change. it's the year 2013. for harry reid to look at what he's been able to get a come accomplished and he has done some good things despite mitch mcconnell, how much easier job would be, senator reid if mitch mccome and the republicans didn't block every single thing you do or every no, ma'amnatal of the president. what's going to happen in four years if this president's nominees for the courts have still not been seated? >> where a legacy takes root. with republicans standing in the way, cpas are fighting for the right to stay lazy and to stay do-nothing. harry reid said i will sign your permission slip. >> he gave them a green light. boggles my mind. bernie sanders pointed out
yesterday who voted against this deal, by the way, that when lyndon johnson was the majority leader, the filibuster was used that entire time eight years once. >> right. >> under mitch mcconnell, it's been used 390 times. >> right. >> more than any other time in history. >> right. harry harry reid suffers from this and he has the ability to fix it. peter, i understand our viewers and listeners are not too happy. find people at bp show or or @carlfritsche. >> christy schultz says et tu harry. he should resign. he caved in to republicans and mcconnell: resign. i want a final comment on what we talked about 86% of americans said they lie to their children. whhli says fibbing to children
teaches them how to grow up to be republicans. i hope not. filed us at bp show. >> we will be back. women in combat. congresswoman tammy duckworth has a lot to say about that. >> this is "the bill press show." like verse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. >> she gets the comedians laughing... >> that's hilarious! >> ...and the thinkers thinking. >> okay, so there's wiggle-room in the ten commandments is what you're telling me. >> you would rather deal with ahmadinejad then me. >> absolutely! >> and so would mitt romeny. >> she's joy behar. >> and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? >> only on current tv.
now, it is the full court press, again coming to you live on your local progressive talk radio station and on current tv all across this great land of ours. that of course was defense secretary leon panetta making it official yesterday, lifting the ban on women in combat here in studio with us carl fritsche from bullfight strategies as a friend of bill and nobody knows more about the ability of women to serve in combat and the history of women actually already serving in combat than tammy duck worth, former assistant secretary of the veterans affairs former combat veteran, herself, from iraq and now a new member of congress. it is such a pleasure to welcome you to the record and call you congresswoman tammy duckworth. >> good morning. it's so great to be on. >> thank you. so what does that mean for women in the service? this announcement yesterday?
>> this means that we are finally, resolving the issue with the difference between the fact that women are in combat but they are not allowed to be in combat jobs so, for example, when an infrantz tree unit goes and does door-to-door searches in afghanistan they bring along a female soldier with them to search the female civilians. usually that female soldier is a medic or somebody who has volunteered for the duty but they doesn't get recognition as being a combat and get the training. she is doing the door-to-door searches alongside them now if she wants to be infants tree she will have a chance to compete to see if she can meet the standards and fullly be able to do the job. >> you said a couple of things here to prove that she can meet the standards. right? some people have criticized.
this does not lureower the standards for combat duty. correct? >> that is correct. and i would oppose any attempts to lower the standards. what i think is for every job the military has, there should be a standard that is set on whatever that job performance is: it doesn't take extraordinary strength to become a tank commander. i don't think a lot of women will be able to pass the physical test to become combat infantry or field or army ranger but a lot of men can't pass them either. >> right. >> you make a point, also, there that the reality is and you again, are the primary example and the sacrifices you made for this country as a black hawk pie that women have been
serving? >> the realties is that there are no longer any front lines where you can safely keep non-combat troops behind. my job in the army and aviation branch, there are two branches that allow women to serve, air defense, artillery and aviation but the only job open to women is as a helicopter pilot, specifically flying apaches. i have been in an area where women have been allowed. now, we are formally acknowledging that other women are in combat, too. >> what's the reaction been like from your conservative colleagues about this? they were noon too pleased in the 90s when president clinton opened up more service tiptoes for folks. >> i he the same argument we have made in this country throughout our nation's history whenever we try to desegregate.
i have heard women don't have the temperament for it or the physical ability for it. those are what was made. at one point, the argument was that studies showed african-americans did not have the mental capacity to operate complex machinery. look a lot what the tuskogee heroic pilots were able to to do and japanese number one they will probably not be illinois and probably too small in stature, the 442nd reggie mental is the most highly decorated and the same thing about unit moral with gay did in military, you know, thousands of people would leave the military.
you knew, it ain't happened. so it's the same tired argument that gets trotted out. when the reality is any time any time our military has lifted restrictions and will allow people to save based upon their performance, we have benefited and the military has benefited. >> congresswoman tammy buckworth, follow her on twitter at repduckworth. >> has a good ring to it. >> has a nice ring to it. this and in a major newspaper, the wall street journal yesterday, edit oralized against women in combat for a very bizarre reason. there is an op ed quoting a soldier saying often he would have to did he have indicate in likeeficate in like from
his senior's homcomrade's. he said it's humiliating enough in front of male come rats and one can only imagine being forced to relief yourself. how dare you congresswoman? right? humiliate these men? it shows how bizarre. >> one of their fox hole companions could be gay. it's ridiculous on its face. >> it sounds like he is not cut out for the infantry. it sounds like it's not cut out for the infantry. if i had to go to their bathroom, i got out of the aircraft. the way my uniform was set up, i squatted where i needed to. it wasn't about me or my personal feelings. it was about, you know, getting it over with so i can get back to doing the next. it sounds like this young man is not ready to be in the infantry. >> he is basically telling the
wall street journal, look i have no problem killing a terrorist with my gun or my own hands. but peeing in front of another guy, i get pee shy. >> a whole new meaning to the "call of duty". >> when i first started in the army, when i first started in the army, our routines do have -- they call them six-pack latrines, three toilets on one side and three on the other side and there were no walls or doors. you could set up a card table and play cards. >> enough bathroom humor for this hour. i want to ask you: you have mentioned women are doing these jobs. this this, the numbers i have seen this opens up armor, artillery,
infant trees. up until now women could not be art 'til ary officers and fire the big guns. it's just there is a full range of these jobs. what's critical about this is that as you are progressing through the ranks, especially as officers, you can't really get promoted to the highest levels unless you have the command of a combat under your built. so i was able to do that. i commanded an aviation company. you don't have right now a woman who is a division commander because women can't get command and you will never get a woman on the joint chief's of staff because one will never get to be commander of forces in europe or africa or any of those key prestige posts because you don't have a combat command and now women will be able to compete. it means women will be able to get promoted to the highest level, and i think any time that we have greater diversity in our leadership, that's the better. >> there is no doubt, you were
part of the obama administration before you were elected to congress. there is no doubt, congressman, is there that leon panetta who did this yesterday with the choreman of the joint chiefs, he would not have been able to do this unless he had the president's president's approval. this had to come from the president, himself. didn't it? >> it had to come from the president, but more importantly, it had to come from the top brass in the pentagon. >> yes. >> i don't know if you saw what the chief of staff did about his opinion on this changed. >> it said he changed when he was a division commander. he claimed into his armored personnel carrier, he slapped the turret gunner the person who stands in the turret and fires the gun on the butt and said, where are you from son? the turret -- what's your name? and the turret pond responded with "amanda sir."
and he realized it was a female soldier protecting the division commander. and, okay. things have changed. during don't ask don't tell i have a friend who is lesbian. she said i don't fear the guys and women that i serve with shoulder to shoulder. they may already know, frankly and they don't care. it's more of an old brass thing that have problems with this type of thing. don't you think? >> i do. i do. i think it was, you know, the older generation for sort of has some of the left-over opinions and i think that's changing. it changed with don't ask/don't tell. now, you see the leaders come from a generation that have served alongside women. >> right. >> the wack was integrated in the mid 70s the guys to the top
brass have served alongside women and have seen the performance, themselves, and so i their support to secretary panetta was critical in his decision. >> sure. congresswoman, it's great to have you on the program this morning thank you. con crueltylations on your election to congress. we look forward to see you in studio. >> my pleasure. tammy duckworth, now in the united states congress. great. she is tremendous. i love her. >> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the bill press show. gun control debate, this could be the most polarizing issue. >> anybody could claim "stand your ground" and they can get away with murder. >> only on current tv.
>> this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. >> hey, hey. twelve minutes now before the top of the hour here on the full court press. carl fritsche is in studio with us as a friend of bill back to your calls, back to your comments in just a second. saw this story out of syracuse new york. you have to be careful when you fly for a job. somebody filed for a credit card in her name and was ma making charges on it an investigation revealed it was an owner of a gym where she applied for a job. he applied for a credit card. there you go identity theft all over again. you have to protect yourself against it as i have with lifelock ultimate. it's the most compromisive id theft protection ever made.
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united states. a fly landed on his forehead. >> did he catch it this time? >> last time, remember he slapped it down. dan, if we got that little fight, the president is talking about cordray and annoyed with this fly. >> richard cordray to continue leading the consumer protection bureau. this guy is bothering me. >> you expect to hear wham >> what i wonder is where was the secret service? >> well -- >> aren't they supposed to -- drones are the next waive, i am sure. >> i guess so. somebody said they should take off their shoe and throw it at their fly. relive the whole bush in iraq thing. >> i go for the little 'ol lady technique. i get a spider to eat the fly.
>> a spider? >>r . >> politico. the biggest political news bobby jindhall. cover of louisiana speaking to the republican party of leaders in big dinner in north carolina yesterday said we republicans, ought to learn something. here he is. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. i am serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to articulate our perhaps and visions for america in real terms. >> he goes on toy say, we are identified now with all of the rich guys and that's the wong way to go. >> we must quit big. we are not the party of big banks, big corporate bail-outs
or loopholes. we must not be the party who protects the well-offs to keep their toys. >> they are the party of big. they are the party of stupid. you have a republican woman in the state legislature in new mexico, i believe who has crafted an organization of big that the women is evidence of the crime. >> party of the crime. >> she believes that lemming lemminglation will deter people from committing rape. >> right. >> ridiculous. >> this is the party that doesn't believe in climate change and evolution and this is the party who doesn't believe the earth is billions of years old. this is the party that believes that george w. bush won his first term in? >> this is the party that believes they are cutting taxes on the wealthiest of americans and it will create jobs.
>> right. so bobby jindal, you know, the rnc came out with its blueprint of what went wrong. i don't think they are going to answer those questions. but the problem is they are going to hurt now or later. it's better to hurt now but they have to change and can't just tinker. >> they have to change so much i don't think they will be able to do it. a friend of bill. i will be back with the day's parting shot, wrapping up the week here on "full-court press." >> this is the bill press show.
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>> the parting shot with bill press, this is ""the bill press show"." >> bill: on this friday, january 25th, my parting shot for today, here we go again, announcement of big change in washington turns out to be no big change at all. i am talking about the filibuster. we know the senate is broken. we know it needs fixing. we know the key to that is fixing the fillibusterfilibuster. we remember promised it would happen this year. democrats had all of the votes they needed. and yet, instead of fixing the filibuster harry reid turned around and made a deal with mitch mccome which doesn't change much at all, merely to weeks the filibuster a little bit but the filibusters can still happen and senators are still not required to come down to the senate floor and actually filibuster. this was the chance to change it what time a waited